May 2014 Edition
New + Advanced Technologies
United Launch Alliance—Atlas V Rocks NROLS Into Orbit, By MilsatMagazine’s Executive Editor
A classified launch on April 10th was successful and also created a great deal of speculation as to the purpose of the mission and the satellite’s resulting orbit...
Reducing The Size, Weight + Power Needs Of MILSATCOM Equipment, By Karl Fuchs, Senior Contributor
Today’s military deployments require satellite communication equipment that is smaller, lighter, draws less power, is easier to setup and yet delivers higher bandwidth than ever before.
Measuring MILSATCOM Assurance Objectively + Intuitively In An Adversarial Environment, By Gregory Edlund, Director, Communication Systems, Chief Engineer + Architect, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Space Systems
Given the growing importance of assured military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) to successfully execute global missions, the Department of Defense (DoD) is facing significant near-term decisions concerning the future of satellite communications. It is extremely important to make the right decisions, objectively and intuitively, as MILSATCOM systems take decades to acquire and field. Communications that are not assured potentially jeopardize mission execution with catastrophic implications for our national security.
Faster, More Accurate MILSATCOM Deployments In The Field, By Alvaro Sanchez, Sales and Marketing Manager, INTEGRASYS
Military missions simply cannot succeed without reliable communications. This means satellite technology is essential for operations. MILSATCOM allows combat outposts to link directly with the command center, base compound, remote missions facilities, strategic operations, enable the use of Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) and facilitate the emergencies remediations.
A Changing Game: How Commercialization Is Advancing Military C2 Systems, By Giles Peeters, Senior Contributor
For many consumers of high technology, your mobile device does more than just connect to the web or make calls; increased choice has made this a purchase that says a lot about your identity, too.
The HPA Corner: How To Create A More Resilient Space Infrastructure, By Janet Nickloy, HPA Chair, Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, National Systems, Harris Corporation
In the recent Message from the Chair, penned by HPA Chair Janet Nickloy in HPA’s end-of-year newsletter, she reflects on the trajectory the Alliance has taken over the past year, and outlines where the organization intends to go in 2014.
Tactical Smallsats: New Mission Capabilities Require Space + Ground Systems To Be In Sync, By Victor Gardner, Small Satellite Project Manager, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
From NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense to industry giants and creative entrepreneurs, it’s no coincidence so many organizations are embracing the weight, cost, and quick deployment advantages of small satellites (smallsats) and nano-satellites (nanos) for missions ranging from imagery to national security and essential communications for Warfighters.
Maritime Domain Awareness + The BlueHawk Solution, By Wayne Hoyle, Director of Business Development, MDA Geospatial Services
Maritime domain awareness refers to the understanding of anything associated with a nation’s maritime domain that could impact the security, safety, economy, or environment. With water covering about 70 percent of the planet, maritime domain awareness is one of the most important activities undertaken by national and international agencies.
NSR Analysis: Hosted Payloads— A Balancing Act For Operators + Manufacturers, By Carolyn Belle, Analyst, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
Hosted payload has become a catchphrase within the satellite industry in recent years, and with the first U.S. Hosted Payload Solutions (HoPS) program contracts expected this June, it will draw more attention and expectations in the overall manufacturing market. A growing base of pilot programs and alternative hosting methods from manufacturers support an expansion of the use of hosted payloads, yet challenges remain before the model attains sufficient maturity to be implemented across the spectrum of potential applications.
Command Center: Major General, USAF (Ret.) Craig P. Weston, President + CEO, U.S. Space LLC, & CEo + President, ViviSat
Craig Weston is President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Space, LLC, a U.S.-owned provider of dedicated, commercial space solutions to serve the interest of the nation and its coalition partners and commercial enterprises worldwide.